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World History Lesson Plans from Movies and Film That Will Inspire and Entertain Students




Greece -- Muslim Culture -- Roman Empire -- The Middle Ages -- The Renaissance -- The Enlightenment -- The 1800s to the First World War -- The First World War -- Between the Wars and The Great Depression -- The Second World War -- The Cold War Era -- The Post Cold War Era

[ Suggested Ages are in brackets at the end of each entry ]

Snippet Lesson Plans are based on short subjects or film clips. They are ideal for classroom use because the video segments are less than 40 minutes in length.


C. Events/Epochs

1. Pre-History

    a. Indigenous Civilizations in the Americas

2. The Ancient World

Ancient Alexandria, Hypatia, and the Decline of Greco-Roman Civilization — using the Film Agora (World/Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome; Religions (Christianity & Judaism); SEL: Female Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [14+]

    a. Babylon

    b. China

    c. Egypt

    d. Greece -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Greece

The Odyssey World/Ancient Greece; Mythology; Literature & Literary Devices; Seafaring [14+ for the movie; 11+ for the book. Literary devices analyzed: simile, metaphor, flashback; symbol]

 

e. Muslim Culture

f. Roman Empire -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to Roman Empire

Ancient Alexandria, Hypatia, and the Decline of Greco-Roman Civilization — using the Film Agora (World/Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome; Religions (Christianity & Judaism); SEL: Female Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [14+]

Julius Caesar (Drama/England; World/Ancient Rome [12+]

 

Spartacus Biography; World/Ancient Rome [13+]


3. Middle Ages -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the Middle Ages

The Adventures of Robin Hood World/England & Middle Ages [8 - 13]

 

4. The Renaissance -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to The Renaissance

Ever After (World/France and the Renaissance; Myths & Fairy Tales [10+]

Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants    Biography; Science-Technology; World/Italy & the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution [8 - 13]

 

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight    Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation [8 - 11]

A Man for All Seasons Biography/Thomas More; World/England & the Renaissance; Religions/Christianity; Drama/England [12+]


5. The Enlightenment

Gulliver's Travels (World/Enlightenment; Literature/Ireland [7+]

Goya: Awakened in a Dream    (Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography [8 - 13]

 

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs    Biography; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics [8-13]


6. The 1800s to the First World War -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the 1800s to the First World War

Force More Powerful-- Short Subject    World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s - the Present; U.S./1945 - the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee [12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

Snippet Lesson Plan on Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement (World/India, U.S./1945 - 1991 & Diversity) [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

 

Gandhi Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions; Char. Dev.: Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers [10+]


7. First World War -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the First World War

The African Queen Science-Technology; World/WW I & Africa [10+]

All Quiet on the Western Front World/Germany & WW I [12+]

The Dawn Patrol Aviation; World/ WW I & England [10+]

Gallipoli World/ WW I, Australia & Turkey [13+]

 

Lawrence of Arabia Biography; World/England, Middle East & WW I [12+]

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye    Biography; World/France & WW I; Medicine; Science-Technology [8 - 12]

Paths of Glory World/France & WW I [10+]

Ryan's Daughter World/Ireland & WW I [15+]


8. Between the World Wars; The Great Depression -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the Period Between the World Wars and the Great Depression

Force More Powerful-- Short Subject    World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s - the Present; U.S./1945 - the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee [12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

Snippet Lesson Plan on Non-violence and the Indian Independence Movement (World/India, U.S./1945 - 1991 & Diversity) [12+; snippet: 25 minutes; lesson: two class periods]

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls Literature/U.S.; World/Between World Wars & Spain [12+]

Gandhi Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions [10+]


9. Second World War (including the Holocaust) -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to the Second World War

a. The War in Europe

Ballad of a Soldier World/Russia & WW II [10+]

Force More Powerful -- Short Subject    World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s - the Present; U.S./1945 - the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee [12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

Grave of the Fireflies (U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II and Japan; Cinema; SEL: Human Rights; Surviving; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

The Great Dictator Biography/Hitler [10+]

 

The Longest Day U.S./1941 - 1945; World/WW II [10+]

Mrs. Miniver World/England & WW II [10+]

The Sound of Music Drama/Musicals; World/ WW II & Austria [6+]

The White Rose World/Germany & WW II) (13+)


b. The Holocaust -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to the Holocaust

Anne Frank -- Four Films About Anne Frank World/WW II & Holland; Biography [12+]

Au Revoir Les Enfants World/France & WW II (Holocaust) [11+]

Europa! Europa! Human Rights; Surviving [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

 

Judgment at Nuremberg U.S./1941 - 1945, The Law; World/WW II [10+]

Schindler's List Biography; World/WW II [15+]


Walk on Water World/Israel; Germany; WW/II Holocaust [14+]


c. The War in the Pacific -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the Second World War in the Pacific

Hiroshima Maiden U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II and Japan [9 - 13]

Mass Casualties Lesson Plan (Focusing on the Decision to End WW II with Surprise Atomic Attacks on Japanese Cities) [12+]

 

Midway U.S./1941 - 1945; World/WW II; Seafaring [10+]

Tora! Tora! Tora! U.S./1941 - 1945; World/Japan & WW II; Seafaring) [10+] (Portions in Japanese with English subtitles)


d. The War in Other Parts of the World

Casablanca (U.S./1941 - 1945; World/WW II, France & Morocco [12+]

 

10. The Cold War Era (1945 - 1991) -- Movie Lesson Plans Relating to the Cold War Era

Fail-Safe U.S./1945 - 1991; World/Cold War [14+]

Force More Powerful -- Short Subject    World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s - the Present; U.S./1945 - the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee [12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

For Love or Country -- The Arturo Sandoval Story Music/Jazz; World/Cuba and the Cold War Era; Biography [12+]

 

Gandhi Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions [10+]

Thirteen Days U.S./1945 - 1991; World/Russia & The Cold War [12+]

White Nights Dance; World/Cold War & Russia; U.S./Diversity [13+]


11. The Post Cold War Era (1991 - Present) -- Lesson Plans from Films Relating to the Post Cold War Era

Force More Powerful -- Short Subject    World/India, Poland, Denmark, Chile, South Africa; 1800s - the Present; U.S./1945 - the Present; Civil Rights Movement, Tennessee [12+; Six sections, each between 20 and 30 minutes in length]

Gandhi Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s - Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions [10+]

 

Hotel Rwanda World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era; U.S./1991 - present [14+]

Sometimes in April World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era [14+]






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